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Check Before You Burn season + CLEANAir Furnace Rebate Program

Check Before You Burn Season Starts Nov 1

Beginning November 1 through the end of February 2021, local residents are asked to “Check Before You Burn” and refrain from burning wood in residential fireplaces, backyard fire pits and wood stoves on days when unhealthy air quality is forecast.

During this time, South Coast AQMD issues periodic mandatory no-burn alerts for days when emissions and stagnant weather conditions are expected to raise fine particulate pollution to unhealthy levels.

There are three ways you can Check Before You Burn:

  • E-mail Notification Program – sign up at www.airalerts.org to receive Air Alerts on air quality and to be notified when a mandatory no-burn alert has been issued for your neighborhood.
  • Check Before You Burn Map - visit our Check Before You Burn Map for daily forecast information.
  • Toll-Free Phone Number – call 866-966-3293 for daily Check Before You Burn information.

The Check Before You Burn program was created to reduce pollution and protect public health from the harmful emissions of wood burning. Despite steady progress toward improved air quality, the South Coast Air Basin still has the worst pollution in the country.

Smoke from wood can emit fine particulate matter, otherwise known as PM2.5. Long-term exposure to PM2.5 can lead to reduced lung function and chronic bronchitis. In some cases, prolonged exposure to this harmful substance may even lead to premature death. Short-term exposure can make existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or lung disease worse. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the effects of PM2.5.

For more information, visit our Check Before You Burn pages.

NO-BURN ALERT: MANDATORY WOOD-BURNING BAN IN EFFECT FOR RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN

All Indoor and Outdoor Residential Wood Burning Prohibited Due to High Air Pollution Predicted for Tuesday, November 3 Through Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

CLEANAir Furnace Rebate Program 

South Coast AQMD’s CLEANair Furnace Rebate Program is an incentive program that encourages consumers to choose a cleaner home heating product, with fewer air polluting emissions, when purchasing a natural-gas-fired, fan-type central furnace or replacing a furnace with a zero-emission heat pump system.

South Coast AQMD’s Governing Board approved $3.5 million in September to increase rebate funding for the installation of some 14 ng/J natural gas furnaces installed in high altitude areas (≥4,200 feet) or a weatherized furnace. The program also provides an even greater incentive for electric heat pumps. A minimum of 25 percent of the funding will be reserved for installations in disadvantaged and lowincome communities as identified under SB535 and AB1550, respectively.

The rebate to consumers is $500 per unit for 14 ng/J furnaces that meet specific criteria to $1,500 per zero emission heat pump system replacement for the first 2,800 compliant furnaces that are purchased and installed. Applicants in singlefamily residences, multi-family properties, or small commercial buildings within South Coast AQMD’s jurisdiction who purchase and install South Coast AQMD qualified gas-fired furnaces or electric heat pumps are eligible to apply.

 Consumer Rebate

Limit For Rebate

 $500 rebate for 14 ng/J furnaces installed in high altitude areas (≥4,200 feet)

200 units and no later than September 30, 2021

 $500 rebate for 14 ng/J weatherized furnaces

600 units and no later than September 30, 2021

 $1,500 rebate for zero emission heat pump systems (replacements only)

2,000 units or when funds depleted

Rebate applications will be accepted beginning October 6, 2020 for installations completed on and after September 4, 2020, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are depleted. For more information on models qualifying for the rebate, and how to apply, visit: https://www.cleanairfurnacerebate.com/how-to-apply/.